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Zhaolu 2.5c Question

post #1 of 8
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I just picked up a Zhaolu 2.5c with the upgraded discrete amplifier and I'm loving it! Do most Zhaolu owners just leave the unit on all the time or turn it off when not in use? I'm inclined to leave it on, but wanted to hear other folks thoughts on the matter.

Please talk amongst yourselves...
post #2 of 8
I just leave mine on all the time, but really thats out of laziness!

Sonically I don't think it makes much difference if the 2.5 is on for more than 30mins.

Fran
post #3 of 8
Doug,
I cant speak for the zhao but I had the same question and asked both the guys at Benchmark (as I was contemplating buying the DAC1) and also at Lavry (I bought the DA10). In both cases I was told that leaving it on 24/7 wasnt a big deal. In my own experience with electronic equipment (computers, I have 5) I leave my computer rigs running 24/7 with out issue. I know this dosnt directly address the Zhao but I hope it helps. By the way your Zhao has about 75 hours on it. (in answer to your PM).
post #4 of 8
I asked a similar question regarding my NAIM a long time ago, I was informed that it isn't an issue although you would need to replace the caps after X amount of time.

The X in my case with regards to the NAIM was 10 years, this is what NAIM apparently recommend - PinkFloyd said it's easy to do although I would seek the help of someone else with the replacement.

I would have thought other products would be the same if they have half decent components :unsure:
post #5 of 8

Turn them off

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Originally Posted by Dork Knight View Post
although you would need to replace the caps after X amount of time.

The X in my case with regards to the NAIM was 10 years
NAIM must be part of the space program... 10 years is over 87,000 hours. That's a tremendous reliability landmark for any component - especially those in the power supply...
Failures may not have a puff of smoke attached to them. Sound can degrade slowly and you'd think that all is OK. Just check leaks on coupling caps in your average vintage tube gear...
My recommendation is to turn off any electronic component if you're not using it in the next 2-3 hours. Leave it on otherwise. Most units are not sensitive to power-on current surge, so forget that myth. Most components do need 30 minutes to an hour for warm-up, but that doesn't mean it has to be on over night because you want to listen to it the next day when you come back from work...
You'll be doing yourself a favor and save the environment at the same time. That's two birds in one shot - how can you go wrong?!
post #6 of 8
I actually leave my kit off (oo er, that could be taken the wrong way) when not in use, I will try and have a look for my old thread.

EDIT: I've just found the thread;
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=158477
post #7 of 8
how long does the DAC chip last? i want mine to last at least 200 years.
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how long does the DAC chip last? i want mine to last at least 200 years.
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